DESPITE the dreary weather, a huge amount of fun was had during Menstrie Gala Day.

Local residents turned out with umbrellas in hand to enjoy the annual event on Saturday, June 10.

Caroline Crawford, secretary of Menstrie Community Council, said: "We had a very successful gala which was the culmination of our fete week.

"It went well – it was a very wet start to the day in the morning but it brightened up in the afternoon and the parade was the biggest we have ever had.

"One of the best things we had at it was the circus which was absolutely great; the kids loved it and then they had workshops for the kids as well."

Guest of honour MSP Keith Brown crowned the king and queen of the day, while the band kicked off with some entertainment at 1pm.

There was a range of fantastic ensembles as part of the fancy dress competition, bringing the likes of Elvis, Darth Maul, a Power Ranger and some pirates.

There was also active sports demonstrations, facepainting, a food van, tombola, plants, go-karts, a bouncy castle, party animals and inflatable play.

In addition, people could peruse charity stalls, enjoy ice-cream and candyfloss, visit the bar, or head to the tea tent.

The main event of the day was Circus Alba, which joined the parade and provided a show.

The gala day rounded off a packed Menstrie Fete Week, which brought a variety of activities to the village.

Thanks is given to the volunteers and gala committee for their work and for setting up at the weekend.